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Magnus Percan
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The stars are aligned, I just won a 5p game without taking a bond! meeple I started with the baron giving 7 points to the player with the fewest bonds. Snagged a government land grant as the first action, built a track as second, delivered a cube as third. Tried to use as many useful cards as possible. Around mid-game I hade a nice steady income and was able to win by having the most money in a tiebreak.

Have you pulled this one off?

Cheers!
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Samuel Hinz
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I've seen someone come 2nd with that strategy. It's a hard strategy to pursue. Congratulations.
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Magnus Percan
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Thanks! Been wanting to try this strategy for a long time zombie
 
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Stephen Sanders
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Its tough to pull off. Won a game with only 3 bonds on Railways of Europe 4 player game best I've done. So it can be done with the big map and zero bonds I'm sure, but not easy.
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Stephen Eckman
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I won once by only taking one bond. Will have to try the zero bond approach if a land grant is up at the start of the next game.
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Henry Allen
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I've won with 1, 2, and 3 (and as high as mid-teens) but I don't think I've managed zero, congrats!

Low bonds can be really tough (zero in particular) because you have to start slow and it is easy for someone willing to take a couple of shares to predict what you want and beat you to it by taking shares. I remember one game on Western US where I had the perfect setup for it and I got it started but someone switched over and built next to me to snipe my 3 point deliveries that would have gotten me going.
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Jon G
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In our first cross-country game of RR Tycoon,
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won without taking a bond. He spent the first 3-4 turns vacuuming up hotels and land grants, correctly observing that a longer game would mean more hotel deliveries, and mean more payments on bonds. Meanwhile, I took 8 shares flying out to an early lead with the Raleigh bounty, Richmond-Atlanta line, Speed Record, and New Train. At one point, I led the pack by 40 points and Mark by 60 or 70, but as the game wore on, his infinite cash let him build freely while I struggled to with train upgrades and long-haul track costs, sucking shares on lean-income turns. I couldn't end the game in time, and he finally caught me on the last turn.
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Eric Flood
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Much more difficult in a 5p game due to the competition over routes.
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Eric Sokolowsky
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I played a game on the Western U.S. map recently in which the winner didn't take a single bond the entire game. He ended up about 15 points ahead of second place. It can happen.
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warren beitz
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Yea, my wife pulled this last weekend (on the western board). She had that baron, and took the new york hotel. Player to my left(new guy) must have dropped like 5 cubes off in new york in the first few turns. Then she got a gov land grant, and completed a 'first cube to'... she was behind at first, but finished ahead of me by one point(GRR) and set our highest score yet.
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Jimmy Hensel
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Last night I won on the Mexico map, 2-player with only 1 bond. It was my first game of any of the Railways of the World series. Although, I had played a few games of Steam using the basic rules which helped me understand the building and delivery mechanisms.

In the set up, a blue cube was placed in Manzanillo. I won the first player auction for 2 or 3 thousand, and built track from Guadalajara to Manzanillo for 2 thousand. On my second action I delivered the blue cube. For the rest of the game I restrained spending to my cash on hand. By the middle of the game I had plenty of cash for whatever I needed.

In contrast my opponent took out several bonds early, and ended the game with 14. On a few of the early turns he had to take more bonds just to pay all the interest on the bonds he had. He was cash starved the whole game. I won by more than 30 points.

I'm guessing there's a sweet spot between no debt and lots of debt, but I'm thinking it's closer to no debt as I saw that high interest payments can be really crippling.
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